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Event helps communities to get growing

Published on 20 March 2017

A COMMUNITY food-growing event is taking place at City Hall this week.

The drop-in event, which is open to everyone, starts at 2pm at City Hall, Charles Street, on Tuesday (21 March).

It’s a chance for local food growers to meet other growing groups, bring along surplus seeds to swap and learn about growing exotic crops.

Between 4 and 5pm, there will also be a discussion on how to support the development of food growing across the city.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer, who leads on health and wellbeing, said: “This is an informal event aimed at giving local food growers the chance to get together and share their knowledge and experience.

“We want to support community gardening across the city and help encourage more people to grow their own food, because we know how beneficial this can be. Community gardening is a sociable activity that is good for both mental and physical wellbeing, and growing your own produce promotes healthy eating habits.”

The event is part of Leicester’s Food Plan, a long-term plan to make the city a place where the production, distribution, purchase and use of affordable food leads to better health, stronger communities and a successful economy – while protecting the environment and conserving natural resources.

As part of the food plan, Get Growing grants are offered to groups who want to start growing their own fruit and vegetables.

To find out more, call in to Tuesday’s event or visit www.leicester.gov.uk/foodplan

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